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When Should I Replace My Car Battery?

When Should I Replace My Car Battery?

Are you getting concerned about the performance of your car battery? Unfortunately, there's no straightforward answer to the question of when to replace it. It's quite difficult to tell the lifespan of a car battery. From experience, many experts agree that how long a battery lasts will depend on three factors: vibration, heat, and time. Let's look at each of these factors closely.   Vibration Cars vibrate when they move, but too much vibration may cause physical damage to battery parts. Vibrations can worsen if the battery is not held down in a fixed position, allowing the battery to move around. Cars have special hold-downs that secure batteries in places. The lifespan of your battery will reduce significantly when you don't have these hold-downs or when they get loose. Heat Heat is one of the factors that affect the rate of chemical reactions. High temperatures mean high reaction rates. When the reaction rate is high, the battery will degrade faster. This ... read more

Starting Problems? Is it the Battery or the Alternator?

Starting Problems? Is it the Battery or the Alternator?

If your vehicle is failing to start, you may ask yourself if your vehicle is suffering from battery issuers or issuers with the alternator. Seeing as the battery and the alternator are connected to each other and benefit from each other to make your car start through the use of electrical charging and gear switching, it can be quite tricky to sense exactly where the problem is coming from. In order for you to narrow down the problem so that you may focus on one issue instead of wasting your time, here are the symptoms of a bad battery issue, as well as the issues with a bad alternator issue. Bad Battery If you crank your engine, and it feels different from the other times you've done it and seems off, you should suspect a battery issue with your car. The reason that a battery may impact the starting of a car and fails to start efficiently, is that corrosion has impacted the battery and your car's battery is not able to connect to the system of your car and make it start up f ... read more

Why Does My Car Squeal When I Brake?

Why Does My Car Squeal When I Brake?

Brake squeaks are a very common complaint about brakes. These noises are annoying, though they can alert you of impending danger. If your brakes squeal, it better to have them checked by a professional as soon as possible. Brakes are a very important component of your car, and you should treat their malfunction as an emergency. It's advisable to play it safe rather than waiting until it's too late. Qualified technicians will identify the cause of the problem and ensure the disturbing and unpleasant noise from your brakes is no more. What Car Squeal When You Brake Could Signal Car squeal is a way in which your car sends you a message that the brakes need your attention. There are three issues you might be facing here: Your Brake Pads Could Be Worn Out Brake pads do get worn out after some years. Worn-out brake pads are the leading cause of brake squeal. When the brake pads wear out, the metal wear indicator gets exposed, causing the squeaking sound. This sound actually let ... read more

What Causes a Car To Overheat?

What Causes a Car To Overheat?

You are all set and driving for that long weekend at your favorite resort. Suddenly the temperature gauge moves into the red zone, getting you terrified and annoyed at the same time. Your car is overheating, and driving on can lead to serious and permanent damage. When your vehicle overheats, stop driving, figure the cause, or have it towed to an expert. But what causes overheating besides a hot summer day? A damaged radiator Probably the fan is damaged, or the radiator is physically damaged after an accident. A faulty radiator affects how the coolant functions. The coolant may stay too warm, causing overheating. Faulty Hoses Clogged, damaged, cracked, or loose hoses can cause leaking in the coolant, obstructing its flow leading to overheating. A problem with the water pump A water-pump pumps the coolant through the engine absorbing extra heat. If it malfunctions, it impairs the coolant's flow, causing your car to overheat ... read more

Diagnosing a Vibrating Steering Wheel

Diagnosing a Vibrating Steering Wheel

At normal operation, your vehicle should drive smoothly and without issue. You shouldn't find yourself feeling too much of the road's imperfections or every single little bump in the road. However, if you start to feel that your vehicle's steering wheel vibrates excessively, there may be an issue with the suspension system, tires, or wheels. Since many different components can affect the steering wheel, diagnosing the problem can be a little bit tricky. The following are some ways that you can narrow down the issue and understand the cause of your shaking steering wheel.  The most common cause of a shaking steer wheel is the tires or wheels. Tire balance is vital to a steady vehicle and out of balance tires can cause shakiness, uneven tire wear, and more. Tire balance can be an issue if you notice that your steering wheel vibrates at high speeds or gets progressively worse the faster you drive.  The wheel bearings can also be a culprit when it comes to a shaky s ... read more

How Important is Tire Maintenance?

How Important is Tire Maintenance?

Your vehicle’s tires are an extremely important safety feature of your vehicle. They are the only component between your car and the road and help ensure that you are able to accelerate, stop, and turn successfully and safely. Poor tires can cause a number of different issues, ranging from a lack of control to tire blowouts. Good tire maintenance will not only protect you on the road but will also save you money on new tires throughout the years.  A commonly overlooked tire service is proper tire pressure. When your tires are low in pressure, excessive tire wear can occur and blowouts can happen. It isn’t safe to drive with low tire pressure and it is a very easy fix. You can usually do this yourself at your local gas station that provides free air.  If your tires aren’t aligned or balanced properly, excessive wear could be occurring that is severely affecting the overall lifespan of your tires. An alignment and balance are usually required every 6,000 mil ... read more

Does My Car Need Maintenance For the Fall Season?

Does My Car Need Maintenance For the Fall Season?

The fall season definitely comes with its perks - more comfortable weather, gorgeous colors, changing leaves, and cozy nights. While you're making your fall season plans for pumpkin patches and weekend road trips, don't forget about your vehicle! The summer months can take a toll on our cars, causing them to wear down with hotter weather and additional driving. With fall finally here, it's time to start thinking about your fall vehicle maintenance.  Does my car need maintenance for the fall season? The answer is, yes! Fall vehicle maintenance is extremely important when it comes to your safety on the road. This is the time when the weather will begin changing, and you want to be sure that your vehicle will remain reliable when you need it.  So, what exactly does fall vehicle maintenance entail? Let's look at some of the most important items included in a fall vehicle maintenance inspection:  A check of the tires to make sure that they have go ... read more

What is a Brake Fluid Flush?

What is a Brake Fluid Flush?

It's no secret that your vehicle's brake system is vital to the overall safety of your vehicle. You rely on your brakes to slow or stop your vehicle on the road when you need to, and a problem with your brakes is always a major cause for concern. You may be familiar with some of the typical brake services, such as brake pad replacement, but are you familiar with brake fluid flushes?  The brake system in your vehicle is actually hydraulic, meaning that it uses a high-pressure system and fluid in order to create force. When you press down on the brake pedal, a piston is pushed into the brake master cylinder, which is where the brake fluid is. The fluid then gets pushed into other brake cylinders positioned near the actual rotors which is what creates the force needed to press the brake calipers to connect the brake pads with the rotors. Once this is complete, your vehicle will slow or stop! Since the brake fluid is critical to this process, it is important to ensure that t ... read more

What are the Signs of a Failing Car A/C?

What are the Signs of a Failing Car A/C?

During the summertime, car air conditioning is necessary when it comes to your comfort on the road. Getting into your vehicle on a hot summer day and finding that your A/C isn't working properly can make for an unbearable ride. This is why it is helpful to understand the signs of a failing air conditioning system and what you can do to help better maintain the system overall.  What are the signs of a failing car A/C? No air blows out of vents Air isn't cold when turned on Max Air is warm/doesn't get cold at all Strange noises when A/C is turned on Mold/Mildew smell coming from vents These are the warning signs to look out for that can indicate either your A/C is broken or is going out. As soon as you notice any of these symptoms, the experts here at Caliber Auto Care Centers can help evaluate and repair any issues you may be experiencing.  Typically, we conduct a full inspection of the A/C system to determine where the issue lies. There are many different c ... read more

How Do I Know if My Car Engine is Healthy?

How Do I Know if My Car Engine is Healthy?

Your vehicle's engine is like the heart of your car - it is the component that starts and runs your vehicle with the help of many other systems surrounding it. So when an issue occurs with the engine, your vehicle overall will have problems. This is one of the reasons why engine maintenance is so important to the overall operation of your car. A bad engine leads to major repairs and car trouble, which is why we know many car drivers often wonder how healthy their engine actually is.  If you have a high-mileage or older vehicle, thinking about the health of your engine is common. Many wonder if they've taken good enough care of the engine and whether or not they will need a major engine repair in their vehicle's lifetime. The key to saving money on engine repairs over time is catching issues early on, so paying attention to your vehicle's engine can go a long way. Here are some of the ways that you can better understand if your car's engine is healthy or not:&n ... read more

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